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Pomona College Is Among Best in Nation for Classroom Experience and Financial Aid, According to Princeton Review

Pomona College students are among the nation’s happiest with their classroom experience and financial aid, according to the Princeton Review’s The Best 368 Colleges, 2009 edition, released today.

In their survey of more than 120,000 students, Pomona College ranked #3 for Best Classroom Experience and #3 for Happiest with Financial Aid. Pomona was also ranked #1 for School Runs Like Butter, #10 for Best Quality of Life, #12 for Dorms Like Palaces, and #14 for Happiest Students.

In summary comments on the Review website, Pomona students noted that:
“’No place is perfect, but Pomona comes awfully close.’ There are opportunities to do ’research that most students don’t get the chance to do until graduate school…’ Professors ‘will not let you slip through the cracks’ and ‘love teaching students,’ and students generally reciprocate. ‘It’s crazy how many people here really love what they study.’”

“’The school is run so well that you do not even think about it.’ Management is ‘constantly keeping the students informed and involved.’ ‘They pay attention to every detail.’”

“’Pomona is about getting out of Chinese class and longboarding down College Avenue and smiling because you know you’re in an awesome place….’ ‘For a small college it is shocking how much goes on.’ ‘With four other colleges within walking distance that share a tight social bond, there are ‘unlimited opportunities to get involved.’ Concerts, seminars and political events are ‘virtually endless.’ ‘Outdoorsy activities are a big part’ of Pomona’s culture. ‘Numerous’ skiing, hiking and surfing trips ‘are pretty much free.’”

“’Pomona students are “dedicated to their work but also dedicated to maintaining their sanity.’”

The Princeton Review’s The Best 368 Colleges, 2009 edition, goes on sale July 29, 2008. In addition to the printed volume, the rankings and student comments can be found online at According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president, publishing, "We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics. We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years. We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from year-long. We believe college applicants need to know far more about schools than an academic ranking to identify which colleges may be best for them. It’s all about fit."

Pomona College, founded in 1887, is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty and a range of opportunities for student research. Pomona College’s financial aid packages meet full need with scholarships, not loans.